Federal 100 winner: David Hollis

David Hollis
Director of cyberspace programs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information and Identity Assurance

Hollis oversaw a pioneering acquisition process that made encryption tools for mobile devices available easily, quickly and at volume discounts for federal, state and local agencies. As the program manager of the Data at Rest Tiger Team (DARTT), Hollis led an effort that awarded 12 blanket purchase agreements to 10 data-at-rest encryption vendors in six months, said Robert Lentz, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for information and identity assurance.

Hollis “consistently stretched the art of the possible by going beyond just [the Defense and Homeland Security departments] and teaming with the states and local governments,” Lentz said. “DARTT is an example of what we need to do for all future cybersecurity acquisitions, especially with shrinking budgets.”

To date, federal, state and local agencies have bought 1.4 million licenses to encrypt mobile devices, Lentz said. No other government technology initiative has such a broad customer base, and it was the first federal technology initiative that was open to state and local agencies.

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